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A Giant Lichen Orbweaver near Burnet, Texas

This spider is among the showiest of the orb weavers for its striking colors as well as its behavior aloft. The dorsofrontal view shows this female after she has immobilized a grasshopper with silk and, most likely, after she has also injected its body with a paralyzing dose of venom that will quickly reduce its internal tissues to a liquid soup that she can siphon off later. […]

A Giant Lichen Orb Weaver in Helotes, Texas

Besides the green lynx (Peucetia viridans) and a few small crab spiders, not many arachnids are bright green in color. This species, the giant lichen orbweaver (Araneus bicentenarius) is an exception. […]